Substance Abuse Services

For Women In Recovery

Evergreen House provides a safe, secure, nurturing environment for women recovering from addiction. Clients are referred by county drug and alcohol agencies throughout our region. This residential program helps clients achieve long-term recovery, find stable housing and learn job skills. The staff provides individual treatment, group therapy, family therapy and education. Other services include:

  • Referrals to mental health and vocational rehabilitation services
  • Transportation to 12-step meetings and other social service appointments
  • Family visits designed to create positive support networks

Length of Program 

Treatment lasts an average of 90 days. Length of stay depends on client need, individual progress and generally accepted treatment standards. 

Admission Criteria

  • Female, age 18 or older, able to understand English
  • Willingness to complete the treatment program
  • Motivation to maintain drug or alcohol abstinence and recovery
  • Absence of severe medical or emotional conditions that would prevent successful completion of the program
  • No long-term use of anti-psychotic medications or history of tardive dyskinesia (a muscular side effect of anti-psychotic drugs)
  • No chronic history of violent crime
  • DMS-IVTR diagnosis of chemical abuse/dependency by a licensed physician
  • Meets PCPC criteria for in-patient treatment


Referrals for Evergreen House can be made by calling the office at 717-412-4594.

Safe and Supportive Homes for Women

Willow Way in Harrisburg and Crescent Way in Lancaster are the latest addition of services designed to cater to women in recovery. It is owned and operated by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg. Residents will either have a single room or share a bedroom, most equipped with their own bathrooms.

These homes do not provide formal or professional counseling, but offer in-house staff support to help connect residents to these kinds of services and other community resources, manage daily operations, reinforce accountability, and support family living.

Both houses are located in beautiful residential neighborhoods within walking distance to commercial areas and public transportation which is ideal for employment, shopping, and getting to support meetings.

Individuals interested in applying for acceptance into either Willow Way or Crescent Way must complete an application which can be found be clicking the link below.  Completed applications can be faxed to Lydia Thomas, Program Director, at 717-972-0925.

Application – Willow Way andor Crescent Way


What circumstances led you to Evergreen House?
First and foremost the physical damage I had allowed the drugs to do to me. I had to go be stabilized for a few days at a hospital before rehab was an option. I was alone and had no spirit left.
What was your life like before coming to Evergreen House?
I was alone on the inside, isolated, scared of everything, ashamed, hopeless, barely even talked.
Who recommended coming to rehab and then Evergreen House?
Well I asked to go to rehab, I called myself, as crazy as this sounds. God told me I wasn’t ready to go home and my counselor at Common Ground recommended Evergreen. It seemed hard when he gave me the brochure to read, but I knew I had to close my eyes and go.
Why did she choose Evergreen House?
The phases and the constant counseling and hands on approach that Evergreen had to offer. That would be the method to save my life.
What was helpful or beneficial to her recovery at Evergreen House?
At Evergreen Amy (Counselor) taught me that if I didn’t learn to communicate, I wouldn’t ever get what I need. I do that fairly well today. Tracie (Counselor) pulled no punches; it built character. The staff itself is always available, always. Evergreen forces you to make connections outside of the house. So, while easing out, it’s really easing into life. Lydia Porter (Program Director) stands by her beliefs and shows up every day. For a Director that’s pretty amazing, so the trickle down to her staff makes sense.
What did she learn at Evergreen House?
I learned that I can be exactly who I am and that there is hope for me. I am going be somebody. I am somebody.
What are some of her accomplishments or success since she has been discharged from Evergreen House?
• I am a hard worker
• I am involved in NA and I stay connected with EVERYONE!!!
• I am learning to like who I am.
• I am slowly gaining my family.

- L. Porter
Council on Accrediation Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations United Way

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